US-China and the Transatlantic Relationship

This multi-year initiative consists of a series of events and publications on China’s rise and the future of the transatlantic partnership.

Teams from France, Great Britain, the US, China, Australia and Japan race against each other during the SailGP on 4 May 2019 in San Francisco, California. Photo: Getty Images

The relationship between China, the US, Canada and Europe will define the international order for years, if not decades, to come.

This will have profound consequences for national security, trade and investment, technology, human rights and democracy as well as multilateral and regional strategies for governance.
 
How the US, Canada and Europe view the continued rise of China – and how they address concerns regarding China’s policies and practices – could become a wedge issue further exacerbating tensions among partners. Conversely it could serve as a salve, helping to overcome some of the recent irritants in the transatlantic relationship.

Meanwhile, new actors and middle powers are emerging to help buttress cohesion in the transatlantic space and support reform of existing international institutions or envision new governance mechanisms.

Drawing on the institute’s network of experts from across North America, Europe and Asia, the project examines key trends and themes that could support or hinder the future of the transatlantic relationship.

The project evaluates how the relationship with China is driving policy issues on both sides of the Atlantic, and seeks to identify alternative strategies for cooperation and coordination of transatlantic approaches vis-à-vis China.
      
Chatham House wishes to express its gratitude to the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’s United Kingdom and Ireland office, for their generous support of this work.